compiled by Sylvia Blair

Finding quality child care or early childhood centers that are convenient and affordable can be a challenge. In Carroll County, child care centers, early learning centers or preschool-based care can help parents who are juggling the demands of work and family. Local centers offer a variety of programs.

ABC Care, Inc.

Locations throughout Carroll County • 410-751-3700

Areas of Focus:

Program offers enriching daily experiences, including science, cooking, art, computer, drama, and a variety of team-building activities.

All About Kids Learning Center

601 Old Liberty Rd., Sykesville • 410-795-7802

Areas of Focus:

Facilitates individual growth and independence, and provides opportunities for children to maximize their potential. The center is committed to standards of excellence and works together with families, caregivers, and the community.

Almost Family Child Care Center

1705 North Main St., Hampstead • 410-374-5359

Features of the Center:

Offers all-inclusive tuition, state-approved curriculum, breakfast, lunch, and snacks, secured access, and a large playground.

Berry Patch Early Learning Center

4510 Lower Beckleysville Rd., Hampstead • 410-374-3501

Areas of Focus:

Curriculum designed to foster the social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and physical needs of children. Children are actively involved in learning through play, with opportunities to explore, experience, and succeed. Widely accepted learning/education theories, and principles of child growth and development are utilized.

Building Blocks

2967 Manchester Rd., Manchester • 410-374-1114

Areas of Focus:

The center provides an intellectually stimulating environment, including a balanced curriculum, to prepare children for the lifelong love of learning and higher education success.

Carroll Child Care and Learning Center

224 North Center St., Westminster • 410-848-0644

Areas of Focus:

This nonprofit program serves families of all income levels by offering an environment in which children can discover, learn and grow. The center is an affordable, convenient and credentialed pre-K education and child care program. It offers subsidized tuition for qualifying families. Lower tuition rates cover nearly all program costs, including food.

Carroll Lutheran School

1738 Old Taneytown Rd., Westminster  • 410-848-1050

Areas of Focus:

The center provides an environment conducive to completing homework each afternoon, with support as needed. Activities are offered, including outdoor play, games, crafts and time in the gym, as available.

Catholic Charities Head Start

255 Clifton Blvd., Westminster • 667-600-2571

Areas of Focus:

The center provides early education, child development, and intervention services to low-income children and their families. The children, ages 3 to 5, are prepared for kindergarten, and the center offers support services to their families.

Celebree School

Locations throughout Carroll County • 410-515-8750

Areas of Focus:

The center embraces three core values: protect, educate and nurture. The setting combines enriching educational opportunities with a culture focused on providing nurturing support, so children are equipped with all the right tools to achieve success.

Child’s Nurturing Center

2320 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg • 410-833-7730

Areas of Focus:

Classrooms are language-enriched and designed around thematic-driven learning centers to foster developmentally-appropriate activities for children.

Coppermine 4 Seasons

2710 Hampstead-Mexico Rd., Hampstead • 410-239-3366

Areas of Focus:

Provides youth programming that serves the growing needs of families. Instructors include elementary and middle school teachers, as well as Coppermine coaches and staff.

Fresh Start Early Learning Center

111 East Main St., Westminster • 443-465-6882

Areas of Focus:

Daily program provides an atmosphere that encourages all areas of development, including physical, mental, emotional, social and creative. Staff teaches and meets children at their levels of learning.

Gerstell Academy

2500 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg • 410-861-3000

Areas of Focus:

A values-based leadership model takes root with daily nurturing in an environment enriched by challenging opportunities to explore, interact, create, learn and play.

Grace Bible Christian Preschool and Kindergarten

3250 Charmil Drive, Manchester • 410-374-9286

Areas of Focus:

Designed as a Christian program. Learning experiences are developmentally appropriate. Activities and toys include blocks, music, housekeeping, science, book corner, and play dough.

Holy Spirit Early Childhood Learning Center

2205 Old Liberty Rd., Eldersburg • 410-795-2287

Areas of Focus:

The goal of the center is to provide a Christian environment for the social and educational growth of children.

Hot Spots

Locations throughout Carroll County • 443-591-5420

Areas of Focus:

Helps students apply skills learned during the traditional educational day, then transfer and reinforce that knowledge using instructional strategies, hands-on learning experiences, and digital tools.


1641 Liberty Rd., Eldersburg • 410-781-4709

Areas of Focus:

The center fosters an environment that will help children excel physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. The center recognizes the health and safety of each student as a top priority, in a nurturing atmosphere.

Little Feet

Two locations: 18132 Falls Rd. and 3459 Shiloh Rd., Hampstead • 410-239-9349

Areas of Focus:

The center strives to provide children, teachers, and parents support, friendship, and a sense of connection to a safe, high-quality, educational community. The center offers a Christian influence with a non-denominational approach.

Little Friends of Grace

21 Carroll Street, Westminster • 410 -848-7020

Areas of Focus:

The center offers educational and Christian instruction that is age-appropriate. Materials are provided to give the children hands-on learning experiences. Typical materials are blocks and Play Doh. The program has housekeeping, science, art, and reading centers.

Little People’s Place

604 Johahn Drive, Westminster • 410-848-0834

Areas of Focus:

The center’s faith-based curriculum is also based on scientific research, clinical studies, and experience and education.

Little Sheep Christian Preschool

1402 N. Main Street, Mt. Airy • 301-829-2185

Areas of Focus:

The center is an educational ministry of Mt. Airy Baptist Church.  The program is Bible-based and offers an educational preschool curriculum.  

Littlest Learners Child Development Center

Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Rd., Westminster • 410-386-8470

Areas of Focus:

The child development center and lab school provide a safe, preschool environment for children of college students, employees and the community, and offer flexible schedules. Open year-round, the center has expanded its hours to better meet the needs of working parents, and it includes a nature-based program.

Mt. Airy Day Care and Learning Center, Inc.

605 Ridge Ave., Mt. Airy • 301-829-6364

Areas of Focus:

The center nurtures and values each family and child, building relationships to make experiences enjoyable, loving and treasured.

New Beginnings Christian Learning Center

501 East Baltimore St., Taneytown • 410-751-0090

Areas of Focus:

The center provides a safe, quality program that will allow children to grow and learn in an environment that has a Christian emphasis and is developmentally age-appropriate.

Our Children’s Place

37 South Cranberry Rd., Westminster • 410-848-3694


1550 Old Westminster Pike, Westminster  • 410-876-4464

Areas of Focus:

Full- and part-time child care services from Mondays-Fridays are available in this learning environment for children.

Rhymes and Reasons

730 Old Liberty Rd., Eldersburg • 410-549-0502

Areas of Focus:

The curriculum-based activities are designed to stimulate the emotional, physical, creative, social, and intellectual growth of children. 

St. John School

45 Monroe St., Westminster • 410-848-7455

Areas of Focus:

The preschool utilizes organized and free-play activities that are intended to provide opportunities for children to interact, explore and relate successfully in their environment. The program uses a multi-sensory, hands-on learning approach to teach fine-motor, auditory and visual skills.

Stepping Stones

7300 Spout Hill Road, Sykesville • 410-549-6585

Areas of Focus:

The center provides children with a sound intellectual, emotional, social, and physical foundation to enable them to take their first steps towards a successful school experience.

Sunshine Child Development Center I

4033 Lineboro Road, Lineboro • 443-375-1114

Areas of Focus:

The center provides a caring environment designed for children to thrive, and an age- and developmentally appropriate curriculum that is adjusted as children learn and grow. There is also a Sunshine Child Development Center II.

The Goddard School

2002 Back Acre Circle, Mt. Airy • 301-829-5323
6300 Goddard Park Dr., Sykesville • 410-549-8822

Areas of Focus:

The school provides a nurturing environment, a play-based curriculum, safe and secure facilities, and STEAM learning, which introduces children to science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.

The Montessori School

1055 Montessori Dr., Westminster • 410-848-6283

Areas of Focus:

Children develop their physical, intellectual and spiritual selves to their fullest potential, so that they can explore the world around them in an orderly, disciplined environment.

The Young School

400 Meadow Creek Dr., Westminster • 410-848-5248

Areas of Focus:

Learning is facilitated through sensitive observation and questions that are designed to build upon each child’s unique abilities and curiosities, at all of the ages served. 

Union Bridge Early Learning Center

124 S. Main St., Union Bridge • 410-775-2717

Areas of Focus:

The program is designed to expand the basic skills of children ages 3-4. An outside playground and an indoor toy area develop the large muscles. Small-muscle development is encouraged by using blocks, science, games, toys, arts, and crafts. The use of themes and units, which are developed through these activities, contributes to instruction.

Wee Care Best

2893 Baltimore Blvd., Finksburg • 410-833-1155
1430 N. Main St., Hampstead • 410-239-3711 •

Areas of Focus:

The center offers care for children in a nurturing and supportive environment, with flexible programs to meet families’ needs.

Wesley Freedom UMC Early Years Learning Center

961 Johnsville Road, Sykesville  • 410-549-2257

Areas of Focus:

The center ministers to the needs of young children in a Christian atmosphere and fosters physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth of each child.

The Y in Central Maryland Academic Center (Before andAfter Care at the Hill Y)

The Hill Y, 1719 Sykesville Rd., Westminster • 410-848-3660

Areas of Focus:

Programs for all ages. Stay and Play allows up to 90 minutes of drop-off time, during which children participate in activities while families work out. The before- and after-school program is curriculum-based, with organized activities and homework time. Offers help with virtual learning when students log into their classrooms.

The Y in Central Maryland Chipmunks Learning Enrichment Program

2101 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg • 410-848-2772

Areas of Focus:

Held at the Sandy Mount United Methodist Church in Finksburg. It is a part-time preschool that helps children learn through play. Topics include language arts, science, math, and social and emotional skills development.

Note: This list is not considered a referral or recommendation. This list does not include home-based care. For more information about enrollment, openings, or costs of care, contact the centers directly.